Environmental Graphics

In this course we learnt many different things, understanding the topology study in order to design better. We watched couple of movies, documentary's, photography, Environmental studies and much more. This blog is about my learnings through Environmental Graphics course.

Google Glasses

Experience of google glass technology

This particular video voice about the future technology in this video I really liked how I look I meant got studies by technology and shares all the information just by looking at the things or giving a voice command in this video it just shows how to product experiences but not the actual product but on the other hand I feel that it's less is the communication between the existing game beings I feel that introducing so much advanced technology connects to people as well as the screenings you will be asking holidays are disconnecting of people right let me explain you all the necessary information which was earlier interacted with people by asking them is available at one glance which means people a bit lazy to do too so much of information available also I feel that the score for a graphic designers to learn something new also studies goes behind what and how graphics will work in front of human I really like the idea how it was a detailed and made you feel as if it's a real technology which is just going to launch.

The Congo Dandies

Obsession of looking expensive

I really don't understand the fact from where this people got the clothes from her also don't understand in this region of poverty why they are spending so much on the clothes this thing Felt so stupid. So this documentary was shown to us like why there is no environmental graphic such as advertising because people is not playing any kind of propaganda we also had some discussion about won the propaganda as actually we got a toss where we are supposed to come up with some movie poster where we think that there is some propaganda involved so they were discussing going on how did the political movies are always a propaganda in this region of the documentary the conga diaries they don't have such kind of advertising or any sort of environmental graphics around them but they are spending a lot of money on the clothes I really don't understand why these people spend so much. In this documentary the following things are shown are the things that I observed.

You don’t expect the most extravagant fashions to be flaunted in the regions of the world which are hardest hit by severely compromised living conditions and widespread poverty. But a group in the Congo known as The Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People, or La Sape for short, makes it their mission to defy these common expectations. The documentary short The Congo Dandies explores their commitment to maintaining an elegant quality of life that goes beyond the mere clothes they wear.

The group’s origins date back to the end of World War II as Congolese soldiers returned home and brought the influence of Parisian designer fashions with them. The traditions they inherited in the aftermath of the war continue to this day. In the earliest moments of the film, we are introduced to Maxime, a husband and father living in extremely modest conditions, who nevertheless treads through town donning an impeccably vivid red designer ensemble. His dandified appearance is carefully and lavishly cultivated; it took him nearly two years of saving before he could afford to purchase his top-of-the-line Weston brand shoes.

From the moment he steps out and makes his through his impoverished community, it becomes apparent that Maxime’s dependence on fashion represents a way of transcending the poverty which surrounds him. It infuses him with a sense of self-respect and dignity, and infects those he encounters with a feeling of pride and hope.

Maxime is just one of many residents who indulge in this expensive practice of dress up. The group hosts frequent social gatherings where they compare their ensembles with equal parts envy and admiration. For these men, the cost of their attire is tantamount to the fashion-forward reputation they seek to protect. They refuse to settle for the lower priced knock-off merchandise, because to do so would compromise the integrity of their commitment.

The Congo Dandies proves most fascinating it is portrayal of stark contrasts. These men appear as though they’ve just stepped out of a swank luxury nightclub in Paris, and yet they are cornered in every direction by dilapidation and despair. The extravagant prices they’re willing to pay to clothe themselves is viewed as an obscenity in some circles, especially given the conditions by which their families are forced to live.

The Americans

Seperate Lines for White people and ‘COLORED’ people
Front seats for white people

This was a fabulous documentary showing how Robert Frank captured the racism happening in America. America was in that great country he showed this from his picture. He communicated idea of reality of America. The pictures he showed the different things like how is the separation between white people and black people, how there is a different line for the white people and the colour. Also in the travelling buses there is a separation of compartment for this people.

“Some of the images are very underexposed, some are overexposed, which led to different graphic styles: an excess of grain, a lack of shadow detail,” said Yenelouis. A shot of a bar in New York City features a lit-up jukebox glowing almost demonically. A photograph that purports to capture a parade in Hoboken, New Jersey, focuses instead on two onlookers watching from their apartment windows, one of their faces obscured by a windblown American flag. It’s incredibly difficult to pick a single, indelible image in The Americans, especially since the series was conceived as a unit with its own rhythm and logic. But certain images do jump out. A shot taken in San Francisco is especially striking: In it, we see the city, hazy in the background, with an African-American couple lying on the lawn in the foreground. Both members of the couple stare Frank down, seemingly displeased that he’s snapping their picture without permission. Greenough said that this shot is actually one of Frank’s favorites from the book, one that “distinctly expresses that reaction that a photographer can provoke in his subjects.” (She added that Frank’s contact sheets from the day demonstrate, amusingly, how he swiftly pretended to be snapping pictures of other things nearby, perhaps to allay the couple’s suspicions.)Everywhere, though, we find evidence of Frank’s counterintuitive genius. A photograph taken at a Hollywood movie premiere places the ostensible starlet out-of-focus, so that our eye is instead trained on the ordinary men and women on the wrong side of the proverbial velvet rope. A shot of a department store in Lincoln, Nebraska, captures a sad array of ornamental crosses and flowers, with a quietly heartbreaking sign: “Hested’s — Remember Your Loved Ones — 69¢.” Elsewhere, harsh economic realities (and disparities) come into focus, as in an almost abject image of a shoe-shine stand inside a men’s restroom in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ultimately, The Americans changed the game for American photographers and other artists. “Frank influenced Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander ,” Greenough noted, as well as Joel Meyerowitz and the painter Ed Ruscha “You could actually say he fostered a whole generation of what we’ve come to know as ‘street photographers’ in the 1960s and ’70s. But younger photographers, younger people, still respond very positively to The Americans — because they see this ruthless, but also very passionate, vision that Frank applied to his work.” As it turns 60, this pivotal photo series indeed still retains its fearless, idiosyncratic strangeness. No single photographer could ever capture the enormity of the United States, but Frank’s efforts have certainly inspired many to try.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Poster of the movie

The Greatest Movie ever sold was a great movie it changed my perspective of looking into environmental graphics. I was shocked at the moment seeing politicians and movie directors in the movie. My learnings from this movie was that a person can also become an environment itself as in the movie the man became a bran by himself only. It is not necessary that only the surroundings can be called as environmental graphics.

A Trip to the Moon

Rocket landing on the moon

Melies used the film as a satire against the rise of imperialism during the time in Europe. In the film, the humans land on the moon and chooses to attack the local population when they first see them. The era, in which the film was created, was just the time when imperialism dominated Europe. The hysterical reaction from the humans is a direct indication and representation of colonial conquering. Additionally, the alien life-form that was accidentally fell on earth was brutalized by the humans. Milies derides the imperialist movement by assimilates the hierarchy of the alien life-forms to those on earth.

Despite the criticisms of the imperialist movement, the film brought possible speculations of the universe and space, which is valuable to the genre of science fiction films. During the era, in which the film was made, the first rocket that was able to enter the space had not been invented. The imaginations of the images of the surface of the moon and the potential alien life-forms on the moon are eminently creative and inspiring. On the other hand, some argue that the mere speculations within the film are not scientifically plausible. This is also why some claim that the film not only satirized the imperialist movement, but also the nineteenth-century science.

Picturing Barbara Kruger | Art + Film

Just Photograph and Words

This particular documentary was so beautiful. I learnt that how any graphic language could be created just using some photographs and text. No need to read and learn the rules of layouts, grids, fonts etc. I also learnt how Canvas can become an environment or makes an environment. This artist who just dropped out at 19 year did a fabulous job with her works I felt. But due to the plagiarism her language of positive environment changed into negative which was quit disturbing. In this documentary I felt how words placed in the buildings can influence the people so strongly. Just by writing for example Be positive or You go girl/boy, can change your bad day into a motivation. Hence, I feel environmental graphics has that power to change the societal thoughts or even perspective at looking things in certain way.

Takashi Yasumura domestic scandal

Photographs he shot
Basket odd one out

This was one of the works we discussed in the class by Takashi Yasumura. In this series of photographs he basically captures the things which doesn’t belong to japan but are adapted from the other parts of the world. This is also a great example how things gets adapted in an environment, how there is exchange of culture adaptation.




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